Matt McGovern

Title: Project Coordinator / Preventionist

Department: Prevention

Extension: 109

What are your primary duties? I am the Project Coordinator for the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) initiative in Morris County schools. We are committed to assisting youth with substance misuse prevention. We want to prevent, or delay youth from using such substances because we value their wellbeing and want a healthy life for them.

I educate students on substance misuse prevention education through age-appropriate programs.

I conduct research projects on numerous subjects including substance use prevention, agency-related focuses such as active vs. passive consent and credentialing bodies our organization can get involved with in providing trainings, etc.

I assist with the Youth Tobacco Action Group, here in Morris County, which aims to raise awareness of e-cigarettes and to reduce the amount of youth users.

I am working with a Vaping Task Force with other agencies to help end the vaping epidemic in the county and the state through the utilization of the INDEPTH and N-O-T programs.

Where did you go to school and what did you study?

  • The University of Scranton, B.S. in Community Health Education with a Concentration in Nutrition
  • Montclair State University, M.S. in Public Health (MPH) with a Concentration in Community Health Education

How many years have you worked in the field? Less than 1 year

Why do you work in the field? I work in this field because I have a strong affinity to help others with substance misuse prevention throughout the lifespan, whether it be educating youth through interactive presentations about vaping, or discussing with parents where and how their children hide their substance use products at home. I truly enjoy working in this field because I know every day I am committed to helping better the people of our county and our state through my work at Prevention Is Key.